Seth Walker

Are You Open?

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Seth Walker answers the question he poses with the title of his tenth studio album through its music. The one-time blues specialist has widened his palette so his fleet single-string leads are a mere coloring on a collection of well-crafted songs that draw upon a variety of roots sounds. Walker doesn't limit himself to Southern sounds: "All I Need to Know" offers a dose of reggae sunsplash, while "Hard Roads" skips along to an Afro-beat. Both of these tracks offer nice accents to a collection that is largely grounded in mellow, deeply felt soul and blues that owes much to the past but isn't attempting to re-create olden days. Instead, Walker is deft and elegant, weaving together sounds and stories in a way that has a quiet, lasting impact.

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